Stephanie Jones, PhD
Department of Public Health
Stephanie Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at Baylor University in Waco, TX. She completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2022. Her research aims to understand risk factors of substance abuse, with a specific focus on genetic determinants of nicotine addiction and smoking behavior.
Professor Jones is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where she earned a BS in Naval Architecture and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2000. In addition, she completed an MS in Financial Management at the University of Maryland University College in 2005 and an MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University in 2017. Prior to earning her PhD, Professor Jones served five years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps reaching the rank of Captain, gained experience working as a financial analyst in the U.S. government, and competed internationally as professional triathlete.
Areas of Research Interest
- Genetic epidemiology of substance use
- Determinants of substance use onset, abuse, and relapse
- Gene by environmental interactions influencing tobacco use
Current Courses Taught
- PUBH 6332 Advanced Epidemiologic Data Analysis
- PUBH 3351 Epidemiology and Vital Statistics